40 Over 40

Frank McCourt

by Dustin Plantholt Editor-in-Chief
June 05, 2023
Frank McCourt

The path to success is rarely easy, and no one understands this better than Frank H. McCourt, Jr. From his early years in Boston, where his immigrant grandfather launched a road-building company, to the glistening apex of global recognition, McCourt's journey is a powerful testament to the magic woven by sheer grit, resilience, and unyielding dedication. Today, we celebrate this tireless trailblazer as he receives the prestigious Monaco 40 over 40 award, an honor that beautifully reflects his monumental contributions and the heart and soul he has poured into multiple social impact endeavors.

McCourt's story is an intimate blend of sweat, sacrifice, and unstoppable aspiration. Whether in the realm of real estate, sports, or philanthropy, he has consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to pushing boundaries and creating a lasting impact. His rise to the esteemed role of Executive Chairman at McCourt Global and the proud owner of the globally respected football club Olympique de Marseille bear witness to the fruits of his relentless labor.

In 2021, McCourt publicly launched an audacious endeavor—Project Liberty. Propelled by McCourt’s initial funding commitment of $150 million, his vision for this international nonprofit is to “construct a new internet infrastructure.” This initiative developed and released the Decentralized Social Networking Protocol (DSNP), a groundbreaking, open-source platform enabling internet users to own and control their data and developers to craft the next generation of innovative social apps and services. His commitment further extended to the establishment of the McCourt Institute, a “digital governance” hub launched with founding partners Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and Sciences Po in Paris. The institute champions research dedicated to “technology that serves the common good” and cultivates dialogues intended to direct the trajectory of technology. Project Liberty is a comprehensive initiative, encompassing facets of technology, governance, policy, and societal movement—underscoring McCourt’s holistic approach to societal advancement.

Yet, behind the high-profile accolades and the applause, McCourt's most significant accomplishments are arguably the ones less visible. It is the sleepless nights spent contemplating the future of the Los Angeles Dodgers or the tireless hours dedicated to orchestrating Project Liberty's launch. It is the consistent, hard-fought battles won in the boardroom, on the football field, and within the realm of global public policy that underscore his commitment to the causes he holds dear.

His philanthropic endeavors reveal a heart deeply attuned to societal needs. By donating a staggering $200 million to Georgetown University, McCourt didn't just write a check; he breathed life into future policy leaders' dreams, nurturing a diverse and inclusive generation ready to shape the world. His rejection of the proposed UEFA "Super League" demonstrated a profound understanding of the importance of equality and inclusion in sports.

Today, as we herald Frank McCourt, nicknamed "The Digital Trailblazer," as a Monaco 40 over 40 recipient, we are not merely celebrating his impressive accomplishments. We are honoring a journey punctuated by perseverance, dedication, and relentless hard work. McCourt's legacy will extend far beyond the positions he's held, the wealth he's accumulated, or the awards he's won. It is about the lives he's touched, the changes he's spurred, and the solid foundations constructed from his blood, sweat, and tears. His story serves as a heartening reminder that no dream is too big and no effort too small when it comes to carving an enduring legacy.


Dustin Plantholt


Dustin Plantholt, “The Count of Monte Crypto,” is Monaco Voice's Editor-in-Chief. He is highly regarded for his contributions and impact in the world of disruptive technologies and media. He is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. He has interviewed celebrities, won awards for NFT/Metaverse advisory, and is a highly sought-after panel moderator and global speaker. He has received from Forbes Monaco the prestigious  40 Under 40 award for his undisputed impact in innovating ideas and bringing people together, educating others about digital assets, and his commitment to excellence. 

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